HIT THE LIGHTS. FIRE UP THE CAMERAS. CUE THE BOMBASTIC THEME MUSIC. It's time to find Popjustice's very own Australian Idol - a Popstar with both The Voice AND The X Factor. Who combines everything we love about pop music, reality television and sangin' ladies in truly exemplary ways. Good evening distinguished panel of judges. And welcome to... I'm your host, livefrommelbs. Coming to you live... from Melbs. Anyway. Like most countries around the world, a significant portion of Australia's recent pop music acts have been borne off the back of reality singing shows. And while those shows have found plenty of male vocalists who've gone on to do great things, this rate is here to celebrate the girls who really brought it to the studio (both the television and recording variety). Who exuded star power week after week on the small screen, then went on to big (or not-so-big) things in music afterwards. Who wore controversial gold dresses, got second chances at a music career (nodules be damned!), and almost won Eurovision. You're not just the rating body here. You're the judging panel. And in the spirit of the competitions from which these songbirds first flew to new heights, we'll be holding the penultimate cross-platform, all-female, all-Australian reality TV competition. THE RATE. 75 songs are in contention for the title of PopJustice's favourite Australian reality TV girl track. As we work through the eliminations, we'll pit each of our songs through the following reality TV 'rounds' as well. Auditions (75-61) Boot camp (60-46) Judges' houses (45-31) Live shows (31-11) Semi finals (10-4) Grand finale (The Top 3) Since we're eliminating songs, not artists, an act who loses a track during the audition stage could still end up competing in the grand finale. Unless they've only got one song. Then your vote REALLY counts! THE CONTESTANTS Our contestants come from a variety of reality TV singing shows - and an equally broad spectrum of eras and genres. We've got girl groups and solo stars. Mid-00s pop-rock and R'n'B bops. Alt-pop icons and and dance-pop divas. There are bops and there's balladry, winner's singles and one-hit wonders. So without further ado, your contestants... Spoiler The OG singing competition brought us one of Australia's best ever girl groups - and a few other gals that deserve a second shot at the crown. We'll be rating acts from both the original, serialised format, and the short-lived Popstars Live. Arguably the most influential of all the reality competitions, Australian Idol was nothing short of a cultural juggernaut for most of its 7-season run - and brought us a bevy of world-class pop girls. Many of whom who are still making music today. P.s. Australian Idol's undisputed queen Jessica Mauboy won't be taking part, on account of her enduring success and her own standalone rate, which yours truly hosted last year. If Australian Idol changed the game for reality competitions in Australia, X Factor redefined just how chart-ready a contestant could be - giving us some genuinely brilliant pop acts right from the jump. One of the biggest ratings smashes in Australian reality TV history, The Voice might not have yielded many chart smashas - but has certainly uncovered some of the most brilliant unknown voices of the past eight years. P.s. We'll also be rating a track from season 5 winner Ellie Drennan. I just didn't want to mess up my visuals. THE SONGS Here are the 75 tracks up for the crown: Spoiler POPSTARS Bardot - Poison Bardot - These Days Bardot - I Should've Never Let You Go Bardot - I Need Somebody Bardot - ASAP Sophie Monk - Inside Outside Katie Underwood - Danger Tiffani Wood - Devil In Your Soul Danielle Stearman - Tell Me If You Like It Miranda Murphy - That Girl AUSTRALIAN IDOL Cosima Devito - Now That You Can't Have Me Cosima Devito - Keep It Natural Paulini - We Can Try Paulini - Rough Day Paulini - Fireman Paulini - Air It All Out (7th Heaven Radio Edit) Courtney Act - Rub Me Wrong Casey Donovan - Listen With Your Heart Casey Donovan - What's Going On Casey Donovan - Flow Casey Donovan - Last Regret Casey Donovan - Proud Ricki-Lee - Hell No! Ricki-Lee - Breathe Ricki-Lee - Can't Touch It Ricki-Lee - Raining Diamonds Ricki-Lee - Do It Like That Ricki-Lee - Come And Get In Trouble With Me Ngairre - Once Ngaiire - Shiver Kate DeAraugo - Maybe Tonight Kate DeAraugo - Faded Roxane - Sexy Lisa Mitchell - Coin Laundry LisaMitchell - Neopolitan Dreams Lisa Mitchell - Oh! Hark! Lisa Mitchell - Spiritus Natalie Gauci - Here I Am Owl Eyes - Love Run Dry Owl Eyes - Closure Owl Eyes - You And I Hayley Warner - Good Day THE X FACTOR Christina Parie - 16 & Unstoppable KYA aka Christina Parie - What I Live For (with LDN NOISE) Samantha Jade - What You've Done To Me Samantha Jade - Firestarter Samantha Jade - Soldier Samantha Jade - Sweet Talk Samantha Jade - Always Samantha Jade - Bounce Dami Im - Alive Dami Im - Super Love Dami Im - Gladiator Dami Im - Sound Of Silence Dami Im - Fighting For Love Dami Im - Crying Underwater Bella Ferraro - Set Me On Fire Marlisa - Stand By You Marlisa - Forever Young Reigan - All Of The Pieces Reigan - Feels Like Heaven Nat Conway - Summer To Stay Nat Conway - So Loud THE VOICE Karise Eden - You Won't Let Me Karise Eden - Threads Of Silence Karise Eden - Dynamite Sarah De Bono - No Shame Sarah De Bono - Oasis Vera Blue - Regular Touch Vera Blue - Lady Powers Vera Blue - Like I Remember You Anja Nissen - I'm So Excited (feat.Will.I.Am) Anja Nissen - Triumph Anja Nissen - Never Alone Ellie Drennan - Ghost In the spirit of celebrating original music (and keeping the songlist from getting out of hand), cover versions haven't been included in the rate. Which is bad news for the 6 or 7 fans of Paulini's 'Angel Eyes', and for the entire Young Divas discography. We've also left features on other DJs and producers off the list. THE RULES Use the PM list in the post below this one to fill out your scores and send them over to me, thanks! As per usual, score each song out of 10 - and give an 11 to the one track you think stands out as worthy of the Sony BMG recording contract. Or a car. Whatever they started giving the winners in the later years. I'll accept scores with a decimal points as long as they're not crazy! Please hit me up with some commentary! You can say as little or as much as you want, as long as you say something. Troll votes won't be counted towards the final tally. I see you there, flip phone at the ready, getting ready to text 'Tarisai' to the Idol SMS line 987 times. Spotify playlist Not included on the playlist: Katie Underwood - Danger Tiffani Wood - Devil In Your Soul Danielle Stearman - Tell Me If You Like It Cosima Devito - Now That You Can't Have Me Cosima Devito - Keep It Natural Paulini - Fireman Casey Donovan - Last Regret VOTES DUE APRIL 6TH, 2020.